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that the sequester is doing to the economic recovery rather than focusing on long-term deficit reduction. we'll have time for that. i think that's an elite concern. if you're out there unemployed right now, what you want is more economic growth so you can pay your renting and buy food. and i think this modest change in the sequester will help a little bit. but i also think they have to do unemployment insurance and i'm worried that they're not going to. >> i'm sure, lois, you heard what senator wicker had to say. for example, because there are a lot of republicans that are saying all of this gets done at the last minute, we don't have time to discuss, to debate. he's been against kirsten gillibrand's proposal for military sexual assaults, he thinks it goes too far, but he said she should have had her chance to have that debated on the floor. is he right about that? >> oh, he's absolutely right about that. but i don't know what you can do about it in this environment. you know, the congress has been in gridlock for almost two years now. and i think that their efforts now to get
Dec 9, 2013 7:00am PST
contributed to the deficit reduction efforts to date. over $140 billion of the deficit reduction efforts over the last couple of years have come from federal employees. >> and you represent a lot thoefz federal employees, so is that a deal breaker for you? >> absolutely. you cannot be asking federal employees to bear the share of the burden that they're asking for here as part of an agreement when you're not asking, for example, agri businesses that get huge taxpayer subsidies to have a contribution toward the deal. so we should be replacing the sequester. i've had a piece of legislation in to do that for three years. we've tried to get a vote on it and have been denied. but as we do that, you can't take this out on just one segment of individuals. you've got to have equitiy in this. so there are lots of things that are still up in the air as part of this negotiation. >> including unemployment benefits. and i want to play the republican argument from senator rand paul against an extension. here it is. >> a do support unemployment benefits for the 26 weeks that they're paid for. if you ex
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